New recruiter power rankings

Top recruiters putting in work in the 2014 cycle's final week

Updated: February 3, 2014, 2:08 PM ET
By Jeremy Crabtree | ESPN RecruitingNation

The ESPN recruiter power rankings examine which assistant coaches are doing the best on the recruiting trail in the 2014 class. Beyond looking at how many four- or five-star recruits a coach lands, the rankings take into account the needs those recruits will fill at the next level.

This is the last rankings update before national signing day on Wednesday. Many coaches could quickly climb the list as recruits make their final decisions and fax in their letters of intent on Wednesday.

Previous rankings: January 2014 | December 2013 | October 2013

1. Billy Napier 
School: Alabama
ESPN 300 recruits: 7
Top recruit: ESPN 300 No. 3 Cameron Robinson
Previous ranking: 1

What he's done: Napier, Alabama's receivers coach, retains the No. 1 spot in the recruiter power rankings, and he spent most of the final few weeks of recruiting protecting players previously committed. Naper did a masterful job of making sure ESPN 300 defensive tackle Josh Frazier (Springdale, Ark./Har-Ber) remained on board, despite last-minute efforts by USC and Arkansas to get him to change his mind. Overall, the Crimson Tide have seven players committed who Napier recruited, and all seven are ESPN 300 prospects. Look for Napier recruits, such as Robinson, No. 2 safety Laurence Jones (Monroe, La./Neville) and No. 8 receiver Cameron Sims (Monroe, La./Ouachita Parish) to make an early impact in Tuscaloosa.

Why recruits love him: "Coach Napier worked extremely hard in recruiting me. I was on the phone with him all the time. That's why I was able to get that relationship with him. It made a difference when it came time to make my decision." -- Robinson


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Jeremy Crabtree

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